So I had this idea a few weeks ago to have Rana's hat that she'll wear while on the troop trip North to the desert sequence to have a big bumble bee in it. You know, an actual "bee in her bonnet" like the old-fashioned expression meaning to talk a lot about something one thinks is important.
I am very happy with the way it has come out. I used a single dogwood blossom for the bumble bee to sit on so that the bee concept would be easier to grasp and yet also make sense for it to be decorating a hat. It's that elusive 1/2L 50/50 half this half that balance.
I tinted Aleene's plain gel glue with sepia and yellow ink to keep the material translucent. The final heavy with honey look was achieved (lower right) by touching a toothpick dipped in Diamond Glaze to several of the amber-colored glue-filled combs
non-toxic resin alternative because of that dangerous dishonesty.) Resin makes most paper translucent and I'd saved a sample in my insect wing bag, so what the heck. I scribed a few lines into it with a sharp tool and stained them with walnut ink.